Daily Archives: February 18, 2021

G-Day seating plan

Here you go:

Screenshot_2021-02-18 Seth Emerson on Twitter

Seth says no tailgating, so all told, it’s about what I expected.

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UPDATE:  Marc Weiszer adds parking details.

Parking will be available in campus lots starting three hours prior to kickoff.  A G-Day game ticket must be shown to enter any on-campus parking lot, except for the following, which are reserved for internal use and will be accessible by special permit only:

• Tate Center Deck and surface lot

• Clark Howell parking lot

• Sanford Drive and Field Street

• Lower East Campus Road lot

Handicapped parking will be available in the Tate Center Parking Deck and East Campus Road lot.

Tailgating will not be permitted on campus for G-Day.

Stadium gates will open two hours before the start of G-Day.

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Filed under Georgia Football

Mark Richt has regained control of his wardrobe.

Looks good, too.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stylin'

Just like he drew it up.

One more thing — in preparation for that last post, I went back and watched the first half of the Alabama-Georgia game (otherwise known as The Only Half You Need To Watch).  Know what I saw?  This.

Overall, while the “look” of offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s offense was not drastically different from a personnel and formation perspective compared to James Coley’s 2019 offense—but the passing game design was. The layups created for the quarterbacks in Monken’s play designs were numerous.

From the beginning of the season to the end, receivers, backs and tight ends were consistently open. Some of those layups were hit, and hit for big plays, but often there were plays to be made that just weren’t. A full offseason should help produce an efficient and consistent big-play offense.

If you watch the play that follows in the linked piece – a successful completion to Burton — there are three receivers who come open as it develops.  That was not some result unique to that play.  There were indeed open players all over the field in that first half.  (You might remember Burton’s touchdown catch on third down that was preceded by Bennett overthrowing receivers open in the back of the end zone on the two previous plays.)  Between missed throws and missed open looks, the Dawgs left a lot of yardage on the table.

Consistent execution simply wasn’t there.  Gawd bless Stetson, but there’s a reason he wasn’t picked in the preseason to be named Georgia’s starter.

I’m not going to get into a discussion of how cutting edge Monken’s offensive scheme is, because I don’t care.  What I do care about is that he very obviously knows how to draw up plays and design passing routes to get receivers open on a consistent basis.  And you know what?  With a skilled quarterback, that ought to be enough to do the trick.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

From the (e)mailbag

So, I got this question from a reader (thanks, Sean!):

Good evening, Senator:

I’ve been watching UGA vs Alabama games during my vacation, and i wonder what the difference is, in your opinion.

Ultimately, I’d chalk it up to two factors:

  • Alabama’s offensive line
  • An extra year of experience under Sarkisian’s belt

As has already been documented, the talent level between the two programs is extremely close at this point.  What separated ‘Bama last season, not just from Georgia, but from every other team in D-1, was an offense that was locked and loaded from the get-go.  There was no transition to speak of with the Tide’s offense; the skill position guys were experienced and settled in the scheme that Sark ran.  He, in turn, had already tweaked what he took from Lincoln Riley (no shame in that, as long as it worked — and it did) for a full season before 2020 and was thus able to focus on in-game play calling, something he clearly excelled at.  The o-line was as good as I saw last season.

Compare Georgia with that.  Matt Luke took over from Sam Pittman.  Not only did he change the blocking schemes, but he had to do so while replacing both tackles.  The Dawgs also plugged a new offensive coordinator into the mix, and while Monken was a clear upgrade from Coley, especially as a play designer, he wasn’t given any spring practice time to work with his charges.  Add on top of that a quarterback situation that wasn’t resolved until the last third of the season and you’ve got an offense that was clearly working behind the eight ball compared with Alabama.

It feels a little strange to write all that without mentioning the defenses, but that’s how it played out, at least in my mind.

The good news is Georgia should be in similar straits to ‘Bama for ’21 in terms of comfort with the offensive scheme and the quality of the skill position players.  What we don’t know — and what may ultimately determine how far the Dawgs go this season — is how well the o-line will mesh.

That’s all I got.  What say y’all?

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Urnge Double Entendre

So, in stumbling across this piece mentioning that UT gave one of its few four-star signees from the ’21 class permission to jump ship, I discovered this ambiguous quote from Heupel that seems quite timely, given the Vols welcoming Willie Martinez back into the fold:

“It’s a great group of men who will do a tremendous job of instilling confidence, energy and passion,” Heupel said. “We’re going to play with tempo. We’re going to play in space. We’re going to apply pressure to the defense consistently…”

Notice he doesn’t say which defense.

Pruitt’s D finished eighth in the conference in defensive yards per play last season.  What’s your prediction for where the Vols finish in that regard in 2021?

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Today, in doing it for the kids (and then some)

The NCAA punts again.

The NCAA Division I Council announced Wednesday it was extending the recruiting dead period for all sports through May 31, continuing a ban on in-person recruiting that has been in place since the coronavirus pandemic began last March.

The council said it will provide an update on a potential return to in-person recruiting no later than April 15, meaning there’s a chance coaches will be able to attend events during the June and July live periods in men’s and women’s basketball.

With the dead period potentially ending in June, it will have been at least 14 months since there were official campus visits for prospects or in-person evaluations by coaches.

I mean, WTF here?  Conditions are healthy enough to let players practice and face off on a football field, but there’s no way to create safe conditions for a recruiting visit so coaches and recruits can get a better feel for evaluating each other?  Texas A&M’s AD thinks there is.

Hmmm… if I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect there are a bunch of ADs out there who are perfectly happy to shave a few bucks off their recruiting budgets.  Zoom’s a helluva drug and it costs a lot less than chartering a helicopter.

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Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA

Two thumbs up, Josh Heupel.

Dang.  First, the Zooker reenters my life and now this:

And what an experience it’s been.

Best of all, he’s going to be reunited with Rodney Garner.  Speaking of second tours, maybe the Vols can grab John Jancek to coach the linebackers and really bring back that 2009 Georgia defensive coaching vibe that we all miss.  But I digress.

Admittedly, I’d dared hope this would come to pass, but doubted I would get that lucky.  It seems I underestimated the generosity of the football gods, who, apparently, are trying to make up for lost time from hammering us all last season.  Gracias, gods!

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Musical palate cleanser, readers’ choice, part four

Chopdawg mentioned an obscure tune from the Cryan Shames — “Greenburg Glickstein Charles David Smith and Jones”.  Here ’tis, in all its late-sixties psychedelic glory.

That would have fit right in on Nuggets.  Good stuff.  Now, where’d I put that bong?

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